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peedub's avatar

Why does the word Oreo® appear so often in the New York Times' crossword puzzles?

Asked by peedub (8698points) April 11th, 2008
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gailcalled's avatar

I have done the puzzles for years and would have guessed words like adit,emu, and ana but would suspect that “oreo” is useful because of the three vowels- at beginning and end, too.

Have you tried the cryptics in Harper’s the The Atlantic Monthly?

peedub's avatar

I’ve seen emu a bit as well as dodo. No but I’ll check it out.

gailcalled's avatar

They are challenging (Atlantic is only available online and you have to subscribe to the ‘zine, but the forums – called “Post and reposte” are filled with erudite, witty, quick-thinking, unpredictable and overeducated folks who do NOT make Chuck Norris jokes.)

Harper’s in back of “zine; I xerox it in library every month.

And did you see the movie? I forgot the name…about Shortz and the competitors in the annual contest.

peedub's avatar

No I’ve heard about it. He spoke at my college not to long ago but I missed that as well.

Thanks for the tips.

Are you a fan of Says You! ?

gailcalled's avatar

I was a fan when it appeared on our local NPR. I haven’t heard it in a long time. There are several other wordgame programs on NPR now. I usually catch them by chance when I am in the car.I have always been a word freak…and still am.

Where are you at school?

Movie is Wordplay” a must-see if you are an xword puzzle nut, as I am.

peedub's avatar

I went to UC Berkeley. I’ll be applying to schools fairly soon though.

gailcalled's avatar

In what field? (You look about 16 in your avatar.) If you are CA., it is dinner time. Here, I am going to bed.

peedub's avatar

Haha, no I’m much older. I’ll be studying law.


Kay's avatar

Subversive advertising by Nabisco?

bulbatron9's avatar

Kay stole my answer!

Kay, I hit you with a Great Answer, because you must have read my mind, before I read the question!


Kay's avatar

@bulbatron: I thought it was the obvious one, heh.

bulbatron9's avatar

Yep! Great Answer!

treydelta's avatar

It’s a marketing ploy.

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